Dean Clancy

Dean Clancy, a former senior official in the White House and Congress, writes on U.S. health reform, budget, and constitutional issues. Follow him at or on twitter @deanclancy.

Don’t Subsidize Tesla Owners, Tax Them


Is there anything so permanent as a “temporary” government program? To test this question, consider the “Tesla” tax credit, the 13-year-old federal subsidy program for cars that don’t use gasoline. The credit, which allows taxpayers to take up to $7,500 off their taxes for purchasing a battery-electric vehicle (BEV), is designed to be temporary, phasing out as […]

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Is Paul Ryan a FINO — Federalist in Name Only?


Next week Speaker Paul Ryan plans to ask the House a vote on a bill to nationalize medical malpractice law. If that sounds pretty unconservative — you’re right. The move comes just weeks after the Ryan-led House GOP abandoned its longstanding Obamacare repeal pledge. Apparently one federal health care takeover was not enough. The GOP […]

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The Obamacare Solution Is Hiding in Plain Sight


Is Obamacare here to stay? One is certainly tempted to think so, in the wake of the recent, Hindenburg-style crash of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Obamacare “repeal and replacement” bill. But it’s too soon to despair. For two reasons. First, negotiations continue quietly between President Trump and members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, despite […]

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Memorandum for the Vice President


From: Ron Klain, Chief of Staff to VPOTUS Subject: Debate Advice Mr. Vice President, we have a situation. Following the historic drubbing in last week’s presidential debate in Denver at the hands of a never-before-seen, “pro-middle-class” Mitt Romney, the race has tightened to a dead heat. The President’s political fate now rests with you. I […]

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